Grants Manager

Updated: about 2 months ago


Harvard Medical School


Position Description

Reporting directly to the Assistant Director of Finance, this position provides life-cycle grants management support and finance support in the Department of Biomedical informatics. The Grants Manager (GM) is responsible for managing a mid-sized portfolio's financial and administrative management consisting of departmental research labs and department non-sponsored accounts. Review documents to ensure submission of accurate and compliant application materials by interpreting sponsor guidelines and university policies to identify risk, mitigate submissions errors, and meet sponsor submission standards. This position affords an excellent opportunity to engage in and contribute to the administration of a world-leading research enterprise. The GM will be responsible for all pre-and post- award management for a specific grants portfolio. Pre-award responsibilities include proposal preparation and review of application requirements. The pre-award responsibilities include identifying and disseminating funding opportunities, proposal and budget development, application submission, and interaction with the Harvard Medical School, Sponsored Programs Administration. Post-award duties include budget/fund reconciliation, updates, and projections for sponsored awards; coordination of timely effort reporting; submission of timely payroll changes for faculty, staff, and students; creates relevant and applicable sub-agreements; follows up with negotiation and execution and ensuring compliance with federal and University cost principles. The GM will prepare multiple financial reports (including ad hoc reports) for use in planning and decision-making. In addition, the GM will manage, track, and report all research-related contracts to Harvard stakeholders and OSP Staff. The GM is responsible for internal and external billings, including accounts receivable, B2P, reimbursement, and credit vouchers, etc. The GM's responsibilities will also include interpreting and administering university guidelines and sponsored research regulations and serving as the principal source of information/guidance for faculty on complex administrative and fiscal policies and procedures. The GM will maintain strong relationships with ORA and OSP to ensure compliance with HMS, University, and sponsor regulations. Performing special projects and other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

2+ years of full cycle grants management or related experience required.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel and demonstrated research administration experience in an academic or non-profit environment preferred.
  • Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication, problem solving, and interpersonal skills required.
  • Excellent attention to details is critical.
  • Must be able to take initiative and manage multiple projects simultaneously with frequent deadlines in an interactive environment.

Additional Information

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up-to-date on CDC-recommended vaccines.

Please note that we are currently conducting a majority of interviews and onboarding remotely and virtually. We appreciate your understanding.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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Work Format Details

This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.


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  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Department Office Location

USA - MA - Boston

Job Code

403127 Financial Associate II

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)


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40 hrs. per week | Monday - Friday | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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